May 14, 2015

Room of the Week: Michelle Dirkse, Michelle Dirkse Interior Design

Category: Bedroom
Location: Bellevue, WA

Goal: A young couple with a growing family was seeking a tranquil place to escape in Bellevue’s lake-hugging Entai neighborhood. Seattle-based interior designer Michelle Dirkse (hailed as a designer to watch in GRAY’s Hot New Next issue) was hired on to transform the couple's master bedroom into an elegant hideout for grown-ups.

Inspiration: The clients researched and refined their desired look, bringing various inspirational images to meetings with Dirkse. “I found common elements in the images, such as neutral color palettes and rich textures,” the designer notes. “Each time I met with them I learned more about their humble sensibilities and rich experiences. Their inspiring depth casually revealed itself over time, and I hoped to echo this in their home. The heart of who the clients are inspired this room, which also quietly reveals its depth as it unfolds over time.”

Breakdown: Dirkse chose the Zoffany wallpaper from Kelly Forslund first, setting the color scheme for the rest of the space. “We layered on pieces that were common in tone but varied in texture and material,” she explains. Her design technique ensures the monochromatic space remains interesting from all angles. “Each piece is made of a different material, but they work together to tell a relaxing story,” Dirkse notes. Next to the bed, she placed his-and-hers armchairs from Restoration Hardware across from each other, tucking a functional seating area into a narrow strip of space. An ottoman placed between provides a resting spot for morning coffee and tired feet.

Get the Look: “Typically, I shy away from ‘sets’ of furniture," says the designer. "I like at least the bed and the nightstands to be made from different materials. In this project, the dresser, side table, and chairs are also all different materials." To a get a similar look, Dirkse advises mixing up your material palette by alternating smooth, high-shine pieces with rich textiles such as velvets and faux furs.

Images Courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography

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